Warisan has no hope, says Nazri

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KUALA LUMPUR: Shafie Apdal’s new political party, Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan), has “absolutely no future” as the name itself implies it is from the past, said Umno minister Nazri Aziz.

“So if they want my help, as a minister who is in charge of heritage, I can register them as a warisan (heritage),” the tourism and culture minister told FMT.

Warisan was approved by the Registrar of Societies (RoS) earlier this week, with Shafie as its president, assisted by Penampang MP Darell Leiking, former Sabah DAP secretary Junz Wong, and former PKR member Loretto Padua Jr.

Darell, Sabah PKR’s sole lawmaker, resigned from the party to join Warisan, in a move which he described as necessary so that he could focus more on state issues.

Nazri, however, felt that by taking members from other opposition parties, Shafie has taken a dangerous path because multi-cornered battles in the next general election were bound to take place.

“Darell was representing PKR in Penampang. But come the general election, PKR will surely place its own candidate there.

“BN will contest there and Darell as the incumbent will not back out from his seat. We all know that in a three-cornered fight, BN will definitely win.

“So that’s good for us. Warisan has no hope,” he said.

When asked about Shafie’s confidence in the party, as he had said many Sabah Umno members had expressed their interest in joining Warisan, Nazri said: “Dream on.”

Shafie was a former Cabinet member who resigned from Umno after he was suspended for speaking out against the party.